corpus-informed approaches to support academic writing
Background: I am uncomfortably aware of a lack of research in the
effectiveness of corpus informed approaches to language learning and
teaching. Most reported benefits are anecdotal, and I feel there
is a significant need for studies which focus on particular categories
of learner and the extent to which working with corpus informed
approaches impacts their language learning.
I would be interested in the first instance in focusing on students in more
advanced English for Academic Purposes writing programmes in Higher
Education institutions .
Research question: To what extent can corpus-informed approaches
to language learning and teaching support the development of EAP
students as writers in higher education settings?
Suggested methodology/comments: Hmmm … an approach that I
would favour would be longitudinal studies of learners in an EAP setting
(interview / journal), alongside detailed analysis of a learner corpus
of texts (early and final drafts) produced by the learners before,
during, and 6 months after following a corpus informed EAP writing
course. I don't think there would be much value in an experimental
model for this kind of research and I think the
main learning points would arise from students' talk and text.
Contact: Dr Christopher Tribble firstname.lastname@example.org
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